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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies were home on Friday night as they hosted the North Peace Navigators.

The game wasn’t off to a good start for the Huskies as the Navigators would score a goal, at 4:19 into the game, making the score 1-0 for the remainder of the period.

At 7:27 into the second period, Joel Bourgeois would score one on the Nav’s with assists by Oscar Burgess and Jared Loewen making the score tied at one apiece.

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With 4:01 remaining in the frame, the Navigators would take the lead by scoring a goal making the score 2-1.

The Huskies would continue to trail behind North Peace well into the third.

Then at 1:10 remaining in the third period, Nolan Legace would keep the pups alive as he would score a goal with a feed from Dean Whitcomb and Alex Nimmo tying the score at two apiece.

Another Huskies goal would follow, with 42 seconds remaining, as Alex Nimmo sent a goal into the net with assists by Matthew Apsassin and Aiden Craig-Steele making the score 3-2.

Then with five seconds remaining in the period, the Navigators would tie up the score at 3-3 forcing them to go into overtime.

With five minutes of three-on-three overtime, neither team was able to break the tie. This would then result in a best-of-three shootout.

The Navigators shot first, which was unsuccessful.

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Gary Loewen would shoot first for the Huskies and managed to get the puck past the Nav’s goalie.

The Navigators took another shot and were unsuccessful.

Brady Marzocco would step up to make a shot but could not get past the goalie.

Then the Navigators made their final shot in an attempt to stay alive but failed to do so, resulting in the Huskies winning the game 4-3 in a shootout.

Huskies Assistant Coach, Cameron Weir, says the team performed well throughout the game.

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“We did a lot of good things right. We moved the puck east and west really well; we’re efficient in that aspect of the game, it got us up on offense quickly. We dominated zone-time tonight, we had lots of chances, and we just stuck with it. We never got down, we never got frustrated with not scoring goals and, you know what, our perseverance prevailed through to the end.”

Currently, in the NWJHL Standings, the Huskies are in second place with 42 points; two points behind the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks.

Up next, the Huskies are on the road tonight, February 2, as they take on the Fairview Flyers. Game time is 8:00 p.m. at the Fairview Arena.

 

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